In the Works

Eight pairs of sandals more than halfway finished. All that remains is to cement them to the soles...

Eight pairs of sandals more than halfway finished. All that remains is to cement them to the soles…

 

...which are drying on the deck, after have been shaped over lasts while the leather is wet.

…which are drying on the deck, after have been shaped over lasts while the leather is wet.

Footbed cemented to sole. Up next: add a heel, trim the sole, and finish.

Footbed cemented to sole. Up next: add a heel, trim the sole, and finish.

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Ideation Exercise

This weekend, I gave myself the assignment to make quick mock-ups over lasts. The idea was to refrain from judgement and see if any ideas came of it. It was a timid start, but maybe in the future I’ll have the courage and imagination to get more wacky.

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This does nothing for me.

Meh.

Meh.

Excuse me, my 80s are showing.

Excuse me, my 1980s are showing.

Now this idea, I like!

Now this concept, I like!

The idea is that while some of the straps are functional and hug the foot, the others escape beyond the boundaries of the foot.

The idea is that while some of the straps are functional and hug the foot, the others escape beyond the boundaries of the body. Ignore the holes in the sole; it was just some old piece of leather I saved for practicing with on occasions just like this.

Here's roughly what that sandal would look like on. Next, I'm going to make a prototype!

Here’s roughly what that sandal would look like on. Next, I’m going to make a prototype! I think I’ll make the outer straps even longer to exaggerate their swoop. Stay tuned.

Required Reading

I got all the most basic information about materials and tools for making those first few pairs of sandals from this 1973 book. I highly recommend it!

cover of Jonathan's book

I haven’t been able to find out anything about this guy, other than what’s in the book itself. Does anybody out there know about him? He apparently had a leather shop someplace and specialized in sandals. In a conversational tone, he drops a lot of “wow”s, addresses the reader as “Brother,” refers to the dough being low, and mentions his dog several times (right on!). Consistently light-hearted, he closes the book with “Remember that the people for whom I made my first hundred pair of sandals all have a bullet with my name on it.”  !!! The cover may not look like much, but check out the artistry of the interiors! (One of the credits says “Typography by what’s left of the right hand of Ms. B.J. Crim.” Indeed.)

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